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Give at-risk kids the chance to heal shelter dogs.


Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
December 31, 2013

Since 2011 The Underdog Project has been bringing troubled South African teenagers and untrained shelter dogs together for a dual purpose: to engage and empower at-risk teenagers, and to increase the adoption rate of shelter dogs.

Teens train and heal the dogs, and dogs train and heal the teens. It's an almost perfect formula for helping South African kids overcome some of life's most difficult challenges.

But there's one problem: The Underdog Project might not be around next year if we don't help them raise funds to employ a full time social worker/Underdog Superhero. They're crowdfunding their future - and you can help them reach their milestones.

So give at-risk kids the chance to continue their animal assisted therapy with shelter dogs and back the Underdog campaign here:

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  • Peakk9s4kids

    I am in th process of starting a similar program in the it...would love to get some insight on how you got started...I am a former biology teacher and dog trainer and agility competitor/instructor! This program will bring my two passions together!!

  • Gregory Wilson

    Is this suggesting that dogs will help teenagers defy the greater socioeconomics issues of their community?

    • writerepublic

      Hi Gregory, the dogs are part of a non-invasive therapeutic program that combines dog training activities and life-skills workshops. These workshops work with the teens on goal setting, behavioural and social skills, entrepreneurship exercises, creative thinking and more (it really depends on the particular requirements on the group). Dogs assist teens by improving their communication skills, logical thinking, patience, empathy and responsibility.The program as a whole assists the teenagers with coping within an extremely challenging socioeconomic reality. It focuses on preventing early school drop-out and keeping teens out of gangs in the vulnerable times after school.